Single comedienne Janeane Garofalo may face heavy tax bill after discovering she has actually been married for the past 20 years
Daily Mail Reporter
22:29 GMT, 14 November 2012
22:30 GMT, 14 November 2012
Janeane Garofalo could face a heavy tax bill after discovering that she has unknowingly been married for the past 20 years.
The 48-year-old stand-up comedienne,
actress, liberal political activist and writer told the New York Post that she and her then
boyfriend of one year, Rob Cohen, had wed in Vegas 'as a joke' in 1991 – but didn't imagine it would be formally recognized.
Now, however, legal experts warn there could be a serious financial fallout.
I don't: Janeane Garofalo (middle) married her then boyfriend and writer for The Ben Stiller Show, Rob Cohen (right), 'as a joke' in 1991- but didn't think the nuptials had actually stuck until their trio's reunion this weekend
Top divorce attorney Raoul Felder told Page Six today: 'It could be a train wreck and not so
casual. The highest tax rate is for married people filing separately.'
Calling the situation a '20-year
hangover', he said that the pair could each face a large tax bill –
though the statute of limitations may yet prevent this.
Ms Garofalo, who is single, only learned she had been married when her unassuming husband wanted to walk down the aisle himself.
She told the Post yesterday: 'We got married drunk in
Vegas… We dated for a year, and we got married at a drive-through
chapel in a cab. [We thought] you have to go down to the courthouse and
sign papers and stuff, so who knew'
Speaking at this weekend's reunion of The Ben Stiller Show, she explained that, in fact, they had 'got married, for real… We had to
have a notary dissolve [the marriage] not 30 minutes before we got here tonight.
'We were married for 20 years until this evening… apparently now
that Rob is getting married for real, his lawyer dug up something'
'We were married for 20 years until this evening. We were married, and apparently now
that [Rob] is getting married for real, his lawyer dug up something.'
Mr Cohen, who produced The Big Bang Theory, and was a writer for The Ben Stiller Show at the time, is now engaged to Jill Leiderman, a producer on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Despite Wikipedia describing the duo as married, both Ms Garofalo and Mr Cohen thought it was simply a 20-year-long joke.
Now that they are officially divorced, Mr Cohen joked: 'I’m gonna get all of that Reality Bites money!' referring to Ms Garofalo’s role in the 1994 Ethan Hawke-Winona Ryder film, which grossed $21million.
After her role in Reality Bites, the actress starred alongside Uma Thurman in The Truth About Cats & Dogs.
Ms Garofalo's other supporting roles include Bye Bye Love, Now and Then, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Dogma, and The Cable Guy.